Author Archives: Mark Babbitt

7 Things Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume

The Power of Words

Yet another resume submitted by another early careerist – and another rejection followed by another disappointment.

And despite what you might think – that this was all cause because of typos or resume formatting issues, a lack of internships or a poor GPA – that rejection was caused by something far more important…   

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Here’s Exactly How You’ll Get a Job at Graduation

Welcome Back to College

Welcome, college students! Welcome (or welcome back) to the hallowed halls, the academic grind, to a life of independence and adulthood.

And welcome back to the “big lie”…   

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You’re Only 20 Steps from an Amazing Personal Brand

20 Steps to a Personal Brand

We continue to talk about personal branding as though it has become an involuntary action, like a reflex or breathing. Not so.

Personal branding is a learned skill. Or rather in the Social Age, an always-learning skill.    

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Do You Exceed the 5 Basic Expectations of Every Recruiter?

Expectations of Every Recruiter

We talk a lot about the importance of customizing resumes for each application and establishing a solid online presence. Over and over, we cover effective job search techniques and job interview best practices. In fact, as job seekers, we pretty much obsess over every little detail involved with finding meaningful work.

What don’t we talk about enough? We don’t discuss – anywhere near enough – the baseline expectations recruiters have of every candidate   

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7 Must-have Career Skills for the Social Age

Soft Skills

What skills employers will come to value most as we move away from Industrial Age thinking, and dive even deeper into the Social Age? What soft skills no one even talked about five years ago must we must we pay attention to as we strive to compete well in the job market of today, and the future?

Here’s our take on seven must-have soft skills for the Social Age…   

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25 Words and Phrases Job Seekers Must Avoid

25 Words and Phrases to Avoid

We all try to write the perfect resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Our goal: wordsmith something that will make us stand out among millions of job and internship seekers.

And yet somehow, those resumes, letters and profiles always seem to sound painfully similar; they drown in groupthink-inspired sameness…   

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